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Two Germans kidnapped in Niger Delta released unharmed

AFP/The Local · 25 Apr 2010, 10:03

Published: 25 Apr 2010 10:03 GMT+02:00

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The men, aged 45 and 55, were abducted in Abia state in the oil-rich southern Niger Delta on Sunday, after going swimming in the Imo River.

They have been freed and are safe and sound, the minister said in a statement.

"They are well considering the circumstances," he said.

A Nigerian security source said earlier this week that one of the men worked in Port Harcourt, the oil city capital of neighbouring Rivers State, while the other came from Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.

According to police, the two foreigners had come to the river to swim in company of three young Nigerian women and a driver. The kidnappers seized the Germans after they got out of the water, while the women and the driver escaped.

Nigerian officials could not immediately confirm they had been released but Westerwelle said the men were in a secure location in Port Harcourt.

He thanked German and Nigerian authorities for their "tireless intervention" which he said had resulted in a swift end to the ordeal of the abducted men.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and there has been no mention of whether the abductors received a ransom.

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Hundreds of foreigners and locals, mostly oil workers, have been kidnapped since 2006 in Nigeria, most of them in the Niger Delta, where international oil companies operate, but where local people see little if any of the benefit.

A group calling itself the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has declared war on the oil industry in the region, and is thought to be behind some of the kidnappings.

Many of the people seized have been released unharmed, but in some cases only after payment of a ransom.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

21:58 April 25, 2010 by William Thirteen
hmmm....wonder how much that cost?
01:12 April 26, 2010 by FN Cee
When and who will finally be the one to destroy these parasite pirates and the cities and harbors which give them safe haven ... ?
14:36 April 26, 2010 by William Thirteen
actually if you want to actually RTFA you'll find that the abduction of the two gentlemen had nothing to do with pirates but is part of a long running war between the local population and the oil companies allied with the Nigerian government. The delta residents feel that their resources are being extracted without providing benefit to them, since the money's paid by the oil companies to the Nigerian government never seem to make it back to the delta. So one could actually argue about who the 'parasites' are in this scenario....
19:35 April 26, 2010 by auniquecorn
Right on, WT
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